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10 Activities for House-Bound Climbers

by Ashley Zheng A lot of climbers may find themselves ‘climbing the walls’ feigning boredom while trapped indoors over the coming weeks. To help fellow climbers, we’ve come up with a list of 10 home activities for climbers which will not only pass the time at home but help prepare for a future adventure! 1. Update your log-book Starting with a very simple task, make sure all your latest ascents are put into your log-book and that all previous entries are all up to date. Not only is this a... Read More


Caring for your Kånken

By Kaisa, Kristine, and Marta. I promised myself I wouldn’t get one upon my start at Open Air. The Kånken seemed that little bit too popular. The square backpack pops up everywhere; it’s carried by schoolkids, students and seniors (my grandma loves the handles at the top). As can be seen below I gave in, I saw the light, and when I saw this pattern it was just too darn cute not to have. Plus I had been worn down by its features; the practical design and the tough material... Read More


Meet The Open Airists: Will

Each Monday, we’re going to be bringing you a series of articles in which you can get to know our staff team and learn what makes them tick. First up, it’s our hairy climber, Will: Hi, my name is Will. I’ve been working at Open Air for almost two months and have been getting to grips mostly in the main store and the footwear store. I rock climb on a regular basis and during winter I try to ski and ice climb as much as possible. Therefore my area of... Read More


Ode To A Nalgene

By Marta Nalgenes are the bestAs this haiku demonstratesWhat colour is yours? When you Google “Nalgene bottle” the first prompt for further frequent questions is: “What is so special about Nalgene bottles?”  After all, Nalgene claims itself to be “The original water bottle” (discounting the extended use of glass bottles for the past couple of millenia of course). This question is clearly prompted by the outdoor community’s slightly overbearing reverence for the aforementioned plastic container- one that has been around for the better part of half a century. We as... Read More


Staff Book & Film Picks: Jonathan

Each week, we’ll share some of our favourite outdoor- and travel-related books, films and TV shows. To kick off our series, here are Open Airist Jonathan’s recommendations: Touching My Father’s Soulby Jamling Tenzing Norgay Why I Like It: There are many books about Everest, but I was fascinated by this deeply personal account by the son of Tenzing Norgay – who in 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary was the first to successfully reach the summit. Through the story of his own attempt to climb Everest in 1996, it gives an... Read More


Missing The Outdoors? Us Too!

Here at Open Air, we’re desperate to get back outside and do the things we love. But for the time being, it’s vital to stay safe and follow the government guidelines to stay local and minimise time outdoors. Our team has been busy creating some amazing content for our blog and social media channels to inform and entertain you whilst waiting for the great outdoors to reopen. You’ll get to meet the members of our team, find out some of the things we’re doing to keep active, and we’ll share... Read More


How to Choose the Right Waterproof Jacket

The saying “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” hails from Scandinavia where it is frequently repeated by parents who insist that their children spend time outdoors every day. Whilst the phrase is slightly more eloquent in Swedish as it rhymes “Det finns inget sådant som dåligt väder, bara dåliga klåder”, the message is nevertheless the same; don’t let the weather stop you from enjoying the outdoors! Waterproof Jackets for General Outdoor Use Waterproof Jackets for Fast and Light Activities Waterproof Jackets for Mountain Use An... Read More


5 Open Spaces that you can Go and Explore in Cambridge

The 2019 Winter Solstice occurred on December 22nd. On this day, the North Pole is tilted the farthest away from the Sun, delivering the fewest hours of sunlight of the year. For us at Open Air, the day after the Winter Solstice is one worth celebrating as it marks the beginning of the steady march towards longer days and warmer temperatures. To us outdoor enthusiasts, it feels somewhat unjust that on the cusp of prime adventure time, that we are gripped by a global pandemic with all advice pointing to... Read More


How to store, clean, and care for your sleeping bag.

For the modern outdoor adventurer, the sleeping bag is likely to be one of the most expensive gear purchases made. Naturally, you’re going to want your investment to keep you warm on cold nights for many years to come. But just how exactly do you look after a sleeping bag? Can you even wash them? And will leaving it squished in its stuff sack damage it? Fear not, Open Air is here to provide advice on all things sleeping bag care, laundering and storage! Sleeping Bag Care Sleeping Bag Storage... Read More


What is the warmest sleeping bag?

Buying a warm sleeping bag for a camping or hiking trip can be overwhelming. With so many different shapes, seasons, warmth ratings (and a good quality night’s sleep on the line!), it’s hard to determine what is going to be the most appropriate. With more than 30 years assisting campers and hikers, whether you need a sleeping bag for a music festival or something to keep you comfortable whilst trekking in the Himalaya, Open Air is here to assist you buying your next warm sleeping bag, whatever your adventure. Sleeping... Read More